Two former Country Week captains have joined forces to ensure Colac district cricket can take the strongest possible squad to this month’s tournament.
City United’s Sam Cardinal and returning Apollo Bay all-rounder Ben Knight will co-captain the CDCA after Stoneyford’s Levi Dare was forced to step down from the role due to busy work and family commitments.
Selectors released a 20-man squad for a warm-up game against the Bellarine association on January 15 and the week-long Country Week campaign which starts on January 30.
Knight, who had a stint in the Geelong Cricket Association, and experienced Irrewarra cricketer Ian Scoble return to the representative ranks after long lay-off, and the pair are among new faces also gearing up for representative honours.
Teenagers Alex Inglis, of City United, and the Apollo Bay’s Ezrah Robertson earned selection in the squad alongside Birregurra recruit Tim Brain, while fellow Saint Dean Mahoney, who leads the competition for wickets this season, and Alvie’s Josh Goonan could also debut.
Cardinal said the likes of Scoble and Knight would add experience to the squad, which boasts the likes of triple Bill Johnston Medallist Joe Dare, Colac West co-captain Dylan Flanigan and Country Week regular and Colac star Stewart Sutherland.
“Between myself and Ben we’re going to captain the Country Week together,” he said.
“I’m still a bit unclear with work so that’s why Ben’s come on board and he’s a great person to have around.
“Having the likes of Ian and Ben will give the younger blokes, who don’t play with them at club level, a chance to learn off them.”
Cardinal said he was thrilled with the squad and expected the CDCA to bounce back from an embarrassing 181-run loss against south-west rival Warrnambool last month.
“We have a pretty decent squad,” Cardinal said.
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